The allure of historical epics is undeniable, and director Ridley Scott is set to revisit this genre with the forthcoming release of ‘Napoleon.’ A fresh snapshot from the much-anticipated film was showcased as part of Apple’s WWDC 2023 event, revealing Joaquin Phoenix in the role of the legendary leader ascending to power.
Although further details remain undisclosed, the preview of the film depicts Napoleon Bonaparte onboard a ship, presumably setting sail for a maritime expedition to subjugate Europe. More specifics of the plot are being kept secret for now, but it is hinted that the film will mainly revolve around Bonaparte’s relationship with Empress Joséphine, portrayed by Vanessa Kirby, charting his path to becoming the Emperor of the French. With Ridley Scott directing, the audience can expect a harsh glimpse into the lives of these historical figures, replete with stunning visual effects.
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The movie, produced by Apple Studios, was originally planned to premiere exclusively on Apple TV+. However, Apple shifted its strategy earlier this year, announcing that upcoming films would adhere to the conventional cinema release model, beginning with ‘Killers of the Flower Moon.’ Therefore, the anticipation of watching ‘Napoleon’ in cinemas is not surprising given the epic nature of his story, especially under Scott’s direction, renowned for instilling a grand scope in his films. A Thanksgiving release is planned for this year, demonstrating Apple’s unwavering faith in the project, despite a highly competitive holiday movie season.
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Ridley Scott to Embark on Yet Another Historical Epic Following ‘Napoleon’
At 85, Ridley Scott remains fervently devoted to filmmaking, showing no signs of diminishing vigor. Widely recognized for iconic sci-fi films like ‘Alien’ and ‘Blade Runner’, he is equally renowned for highly praised historical epics, including ‘Gladiator’ and the director’s cut of ‘Kingdom of Heaven.’ Although ‘The Last Duel,’ another recent historical drama he directed, didn’t fare too well at the box office, Scott remains undeterred in his commitment to the genre.
Parallel to the release of ‘Napoleon’ later this year, Scott will revisit Ancient Rome in the much-anticipated sequel to ‘Gladiator,’ set to hit theaters on November 22, 2024, with Paul Mescal in the lead role. A resurgence of historical epics is long overdue, and it seems Scott has a few in store, ready to captivate audiences when they launch on the big screen in the near future.
‘Napoleon’ is set to dominate theaters on November 22. Sneak a peek at the official image from the upcoming film below:
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Fokus keyword: Joaquin Phoenix as ‘Napoleon’
Who is set to play the role of Napoleon Bonaparte in Ridley Scott’s upcoming movie?
Joaquin Phoenix, the acclaimed actor known for his role in ‘Joker,’ is set to play the titular role of Napoleon Bonaparte in Ridley Scott’s upcoming historical epic.
Who is directing the movie ‘Napoleon’?
The movie ‘Napoleon’ is being directed by Ridley Scott, who is famous for his work on historical epics like ‘Gladiator’ and ‘Kingdom of Heaven,’ as well as classic sci-fi movies like ‘Alien’ and ‘Blade Runner.’
What is the plot of the movie ‘Napoleon’?
While specific plot details are still under wraps, the movie ‘Napoleon’ will reportedly center on Napoleon Bonaparte’s relationship with Empress Joséphine, played by Vanessa Kirby. It will chart his rise to power, eventually becoming the Emperor of the French.
Where can I watch the movie ‘Napoleon’?
Initially, ‘Napoleon’ was intended for a streaming debut exclusively on Apple TV+. However, plans changed, and the film will receive a traditional theatrical release.
When will the movie ‘Napoleon’ be released?
The movie ‘Napoleon’ is set for release on November 22, coinciding with the Thanksgiving holiday season.
Is Ridley Scott planning other historical epics?
Yes, Ridley Scott is also planning to revisit the world of Ancient Rome with a long-awaited sequel to ‘Gladiator,’ currently slated for release on November 22, 2024.